Oregon

For over three decades OREGON has inspired audiences in renowned concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, and Vienna’s Mozartsaal; at international jazz clubs and major festivals such as Montreux, Pori, Berlin, Montreal, and Newport Jazz; and on tours throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America, Eastern and Western Europe, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Algeria, and Australia.

OREGON began in 1960 at the University of Oregon with undergraduate students Ralph Towner and Glen Moore who formed a musical friendship on bass and piano inspired by Bill Evans and Scott LaFaro and later by Brazilian music. Moore earned a degree in history and literature and Towner completed his in composition, taking up guitar in the process. In the mid 60’s, they both traveled to Europe. Towner studied classical guitar in Vienna with Karl Scheit; Moore studied classical bass in Copenhagen and sat in with such greats as Ben Webster and Dexter Gordon. By 1969, both were living in New York City, playing with a community of young musicians who formed the great fusion bands of the ‘70’s including Weather Report and the Mahavishnu Orchestra.

Performing with folksinger Tim Hardin at the ‘69 Woodstock Festival, Towner and Moore encountered two members of the Paul Winter Consort who introduced them to the music of that group. In the studio with Hardin, Ralph and Glen connected with sitar and tabla player Collin Walcott. He was a graduate of Indiana University under George Gaber, studied ethnomusicology at UCLA and served as road manager for Ravi Shankar and Alla Rakha. On a break at that session, Ralph and Collin played their first guitar/sitar duet in the hallways of Columbia Studios.

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August 25, 2012

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July 31, 2012

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February 04, 2010

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November 21, 2008

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October 04, 2007

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August 03, 2007

Rob Scheps / Glen Moore Duo August 10/11, Portland, Oregon

February 24, 2007

Latin Jazz in Portland Feb. 24-26 with Rob Scheps, Romero Lubambo,...

January 11, 2007

Rob Scheps/Glen Moore Duo, Portland, Oregon, Sat. January 13th in...

February 01, 2006

Rob Scheps in Duo, Big Band & Orchestra in Portland & Salem, Oregon...

November 21, 2005

Saxophonist Rob Scheps in Portland, Oregon with 3 Bands

September 06, 2005

Rob Scheps and Oregon Bassist Glen Moore: Duo Show in Portland...

August 10, 2005

Saxophonist Rob Scheps On Tour in Oregon,Nebraska,Missouri and Iowa

May 17, 2005

Oregon Festival of American Music 2005 - "Cole Porter: Night & Day"

May 16, 2005

Oregon May 18-22 at the Iridium Jazz Club

May 05, 2005

Ben Wolfe w/ Rob Scheps, Joe Magnarelli in Portland, Oregon

May 03, 2005

Rob Scheps with Organ Trio in Portland, Oregon

April 06, 2005

Saxophonist Rob Scheps in Organ Trio April 6th in Portland,Oregon

March 03, 2005

Rob Scheps & Ralph Bowen unleash their Tenor Summit Band in Oregon

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